Hadlow Down Dram & Variety Club Auditions

Auditions for the HDD&VC plays that will be performed on April 19th. & 20th. will take place in the Village Hall on Monday 15th. January at 7.30 pm.
You do not need to be a member of the club to audition.  If you are interested please just turn up and enjoy the evening.

Hadlow Down Book Club Review – December.

We have been reading ‘Small Things Like These’ by Claire Keegan (2021), a novella shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize. It is set in a small Irish town in the run-up to Christmas 1985, and is about the moral dilemma of Bill Furlong, a coal merchant. He is married with five daughters who are doing well and give him much joy and pride. He is the illegitimate son of a 16 year- old housemaid who was protected by her well-to-do Protestant employer who also acted as a patron to Bill. He is aware of his good fortune and tries to emulate her kindness to him by acts of kindness to others. Continue reading “Hadlow Down Book Club Review – December.”

Christmas Table Decoration Making

The village Horticultural Society committees of both Hadlow Down and Buxted are working hard to promote events that help to secure the future of their societies in both villages. Admin is therefore happy to include the following post on our pages as part of a reciprocal agreement although it does not necessarily comply with group rules regarding village boundaries.
From Lisa Ayling
Christmas is coming! Do come along to our Christmas event on Saturday 9th December at 2pm. You can make your own stunning festive table piece with sparkly teasels, fircones and foliage. All welcome including beginners. Festive refreshments too. Its fun! To reserve a place do email: info@buxtedhorticulturalsociety.org.uk

Hadlow Down Book Club Review – November 2023

Black Butterflies Priscilla Morris 2023

‘Have you ever heard of such a thing? A human chain to rescue books, a moment of coming together, of resistance.’

Our book this month has particular poignancy in view of what is happening in the world right now. Priscilla Morris’s novel, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize tells the story of the siege of Sarajevo, based on real-life incidents and experiences from her own family.
Zora Kokovic is an artist and Professor of Art at the University of Sarajevo where she lives with her husband Franjo and cares for her 83-year-old mother. As unrest grows, Franjo and her mother leave to stay with her daughter who lives in England, but Zora decides to stay in her beloved city to finish her painting and join them later. She believes that things will soon settle down and that the tanks gathering in the mountains are for their protection.
Despite difficulties, Zora begins to enjoy her solitude and focus on her recent painting.  But soon things worsen, as conflict turns into full scale war. Buildings are shelled, people lie dead in the streets; food, water and electricity become scarce and then vanish. Zora is reduced to catching pigeons on her windowsill and cooking them. Continue reading “Hadlow Down Book Club Review – November 2023”


In August the Book Club always takes a break and members read their own choice of book and bring back recommendations to the group. We certainly had a diverse and interesting selection and I for one can’t wait to start reading some of them.

To start with some vintage World War novels, ‘Death of a Hero’ (1929) was written by Richard Aldington and based on his own first-hand experience of World War 1. It is sometimes considered the greatest of all novels about that War and makes a scalding critique of those pre-war voices that helped to make that global catastrophe inevitable. It is that very anger that made this a fascinating read. Nigel Balchin was a psychologist, a writer and deputy scientific adviser to the Army Council. Like Aldington he writes from first-hand knowledge in ‘Darkness Falls from the Air’ (1942) a vivid account of living through the blitz and ‘Small Back Room’ (1943) a story of the backroom boys. Of their time, they are readable, informative and vivid. Continue reading “SUMMER BOOK CLUB  REVIEW”

Race Night Postponed

“Race Night” in aid of Engage TN22 Clubs has been postponed.

The new date for your diaries is Saturday 27th January 2024.

Thank you so much to everyone that has supported the event to date.

If you would like to book tickets and or get involved by sponsoring a race or by buying some horses, please contact
Peter on 01825 830009